NZ Olympic eventing horse sold to Australia

July 27, 2010

Southland-bred thoroughbred Sugoi, the mount of Heelan Tompkins at the last Olympic Games, has been sold to a young rider in Australia.


Heelan Tompkins and Sugoi
Tompkins told the Taranaki Daily News she was now looking for another Olympic-class horse to take her to London in 2012.

With Sugoi, who was bred by the family of the late Frank Flynn of Wreys Bush Stud in Otautau, Tompkins competed in her second Olympic games, in Hong Kong in 2008.

Earlier in his career Sugoi was ridden by both Tim Price and Amanda Brown. Sugoi, by the Wreys Bush sire Coral Reef and from a Codeene mare, raced twice as Flying Atoll over fences but did not place.

Sugoi, rising 14, was owned by a syndicate including Tompkins and Melva Yarrow. The horse left for Sydney about a week and a half ago, and Tompkins has not revealed his price or the buyer.

In February Tompkins and Sugoi were named in the New Zealand squad for the 2012 Olympics.

The sale leaves Tompkins with one advanced horse, the 16-year-old Major Difference. In five starts the combination has had three top five finishes, including winning the national advanced title in May. The horse was previously ridden by Ella Matthews and Andrea Crowthers.